Arlington Street Church, Unitarian Universalist. Gathered in Love and Service for Justice and Peace. 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
 
Music at Arlington Street Church. Concerts for all ears.
 

Music@ASC is committed to supporting young talent as well as providing a wide range of quality musical experiences for ASC’s community and guests. For more information about the series, to suggest an event, or to book an event, contact Director of Music, Mark David Buckles, at MBuckles@ascboston.org.

2017

Join the Arlington Street Choir!

Every Thursday ~ 7:00 pm, Clarke Room

Experience the spiritual practice of communal singing! Take just a couple of hours out of your week to create something beautiful, make friends, and add more music to your life!

Musicians and non-musicians are welcome - we are a mix of professionals and amateurs. We rehearse every Thursday and are always accepting new members. We meet in the Clarke Room on the second floor of the church. If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact our Director of Music, Mark David Buckles at MBuckles@ASCBoston.org.

Coming Together: Art and Music

First Friday of the month ~ 6:00 - 8:00 pm, JP Licks, 150 Charles Street

The Hidden Art Gallery, run by Zoe Arguello, soprano in the Arlington Street Choir, brings together art and music. At these monthly gatherings on the flats of Beacon Hill, local professional artists and musicians bring joy, harmony, and warmth to our community. A portion of proceeds from the sales of paintings and CDs will support the documentary Everything Matters (everythingmattersfilm.com), which is about the healing aspects of meditation techniques used to overcome life-threatening illness. For more information, please visit thehiddenartgallery.com. All are welcome!

The Seven Principles CD

Several years ago, a few members commissioned Mark David Buckles, Arlington Street Church's Director of Music, to set the Unitarian Universalist's Seven Principles to music. We have been enjoying this music during worship services ever since!

Now, a professionally recorded CD version of Mark's Seven Principles is available for $15, with all profits going to the church. Purchase yours at the Welcome Table or through the church office. All CD checks can be made out to Arlington Street Church. Take some Arlington Street spirit with you to share with your friends and loved ones!

Previous Events

2017

Inside Out Concert

Sunday, January 22nd ~ 4:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel FREE, Donations Gratefully Accepted

The award-winning Inside Out concert series returns to Arlington Street Church with works for wind quintet by Ligeti, Hindemith, and Bach. Hindemith wrote his Wind Quintet during the roaring twenties when jazz, jitterbug and all of the arts were flourishing after World War I. Ligeti's music is at times super-energetic and provocative, and at other times deeply emotional and evocative. His works have been featured in such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut. Bach is sublime. Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag said, "Consciously, I am certainly an atheist, but I do not say that out loud, because if I look at Bach, I cannot be an atheist."

2016

Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 11th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street's Artist in Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, presents a brief concert of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our annual Carol Sing!

10th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 11th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join Arlington Street's musicians for our tenth annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

Celebration of Legends with Aaron Larget-Caplan

Saturday, December 3rd ~ 8:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join virtuoso guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan as he celebrates the release of his latest CD right here at Arlington Street Church. The evening will include a musical journey of colors, cultures, and revolutions, interspersed with stories about the music and the composers. Larget-Caplan's new CD is titled "The Legend of Hagoromo" and features music by Toru Takemitsu, Keigo Fujii, Leo Brouwer, Martin Schreiner, and Ken Ueno. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.ALCGuitar.com

Inside Out Concert

Sunday, November 6th ~ 3:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Come enjoy works by György Kurtág and J. S. Bach played by Sharan Leventhal on solo violin with Eli Epstein as our concert guide. Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing that connecting with music is about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience inherent in every work of art.

Sanctuary Boston Concert for GBIO!

Friday, June 3rd ~ 7:00 pm, First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

Join us for a benefit concert for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). The evening will feature stories of GBIO's amazing justice work and performances by Sanctuary Boston musicians, led by our own Mark David Buckles. First Church and First Parish are both active member congregations of GBIO and work with faith communities across the city on criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, and affordable housing. No tickets are needed, but bring your checkbook and your generosity as we pass the hat for GBIO! Stay for snacks and socializing!

Nick Page's Rock & Roll Sing

Saturday, May 7th ~ 7:30 pm, First Parish in Arlington, 630 Mass. Ave.

From the Kings (Elvis and Carol) to the Boss! $15 at the door; $10 seniors and students. For more info: NickMusic.com

Roy Zimmerman: This Machine

Sunday, May 1st ~ 7:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

"This Machine" is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. The title is a reference to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also an acknowledgement that songwriting does good work in the world. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility of change." Roy's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton, and George Carlin. He has been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

HARMONY & HOPE ~ Responding to Violence with Music

Tuesday, May 3rd ~ 9:00 am -9:00 pm, Sanctuary

Join Riverview Chamber Players for a day of music and healing.

This day of 12 concerts is designed to help ease the pain in our hearts, to remember the love of those who have been killed, and give hope for a future without violence. A minute of silent reflection will take place each hour at the start of each 45 minute performance. We invite you to come and go throughout the day and to leave messages of hope on site, in writing or short video clips. Click here to learn more.

Beatles Sing with Nick Page

Saturday, April 16th - 7:30 pm First Parish Arlington, 630 Mass. Ave, Arlington

Lyrics are projected, the band rocks, and we will sing our brains out! $15 at the door; $10 seniors and students. All are welcome!

Inside Out Concert: Wind Quintets

Sunday, January 17th ~ 4:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

FREE, Donations Gratefully Accepted

The award-winning Inside Out concert series returns to Arlington Street Church with neoclassical works for wind quintet by Samuel Barber, Ingolf Dahl, and Irving Fine.

The Inside Out approach posits that how a person listens is just as important to their musical experience as how the music is composed or performed. Artistic Director Eli Epstein guides listeners through the concert, helping listeners access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences with classical music.

2015

Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 13th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street's Artist-in-Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, presents a brief concert of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our annual Carol Sing!

9th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 13th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join Arlington Street's musicians for our eighth annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

Inside Out Concert

Sunday, November 15th ~ 3:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Works by Joan Tower, Virgil Thomson, and J. S. Bach played by Sharan Leventhal on violin with Eli Epstein as our concert guide.
Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing that connecting with music is about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience inherent in every work of art.

A Concert for Marriage Equality

Sunday, November 15th ~ 3:00 pm, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Join Coro Allegro in celebrating this year's historic marriage equality victory with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's radiant Exultate Jubilate and musical rejoicings by American composers on the poetry of Walt Whitman, e. e. cummings, and African American spirituals. Don't miss the chance to hear Leaving Limerick by composer Pablo Ortiz, based on a poem by US Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco, commissioned for and premiered by Coro Allegro at the Terezin Foundation Liberation GALA. Then experience the profoundly moving and transcendent power of Mozart's Requiem, as we remember those who struggled for but never saw this day and the great, unfinished work of human rights worldwide. Please see ASC members Jim Tice or Steve Vorenberg for tickets or order online at www.coroallegro.org.

17 Seconds ... I am standing with One Foot in My Grave

Musical Performance
Sunday, September 20th ~ 1:00 pm, Sanctuary

The Berg River Choir from South Africa returns to Arlington Street! This piece will inform us about current conditions and violence in South Africa, 20 years after the end of apartheid. Through art and music, we will be moved and informed. All are welcome!

Concert! Mark David Buckles and Julie Metcalf

Sunday, September 13th, 3:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel Suggested donation: $10

Kick off the year with an afternoon concert by Arlington Street's Director of Music, Mark David Buckles and fiddler extraordinaire Julie Metcalf! They will play fiddle tunes, folk songs, their own original music, and a wide variety of other songs they love. We hope to see you there and share a great afternoon of music! There will also be snacks!

Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert:

Long & Away ~ Viol Consort

Wednesday, June 10th ~ 12:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel and
Sunday, June 14th ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Long & Away is a viol consort specializing in early music. Viols, or violas da gamba, are early precursors to the modern violin family. Long & Away, founded in 2005, has performed across New England and New York. This spring, in celebration of its 10th anniversary, they released a CD of Samuel Capricornus' sacred music. The ensemble's name refers to the music of Orlando Gibbons, beloved composer of English viol consort music.

The consort will present a concert in the chapel on June 10th as part of the Boston Early Music Festival, and will perform throughout the Sunday morning service on June 14th. The ensemble features Karen Burciaga, Jane Hershey, Anne Legêne, and James Williamson.

A Piano Program by Rodger Clinton Vine

Sunday, May 17th - 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

This half-hour program features the art of song transcription by Stephen Hough, Earl Wild and Mark Hayes.

In the Introduction to his collection of piano transcriptions, Stephen Hough explains: "A song transcription enables a pianist to be both singer and accompanist - a liberating union of wills and skills at the service of some of the loveliest melodies ever written. Vocal lines here can safely soar beyond the range of the human voice, and accompaniments can be fearlessly woven in complex and luxuriant textures of sound, celebrating this percussive instrument's perplexingly persuasive disguise as the most glamorous spinster of singing lines." Selections include Londonderry Air, Over the Rainbow, Hello, Young Lovers, Ode to Joy, and others. All are welcome!

Concert: Inside Out Winds!

Works by Bach, Nielsen, Milhaud and Ravel

Sunday, May 17th ~ 7:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel
FREE, Donations Gratefully Accepted

The award-winning Inside Out approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences with classical music.

Inside Out Concerts show that a connection with music is not so much about knowing (although it's useful to know the historical and cultural context of a piece) as about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that's inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art.

May's concert will feature Lisa Hennessy, flute; Amanda Hardy, oboe; Rane Moore, clarinet; Ron Hartounian, bassoon; and Eli Epstein, horn and tour guide.

Inside Out Concert: Schubert Octet:

A Celebration of Human Connection

Sunday, January 18th~ 3:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel ~ FREE, Donations Gratefully Accepted

The Inside Out concert series returns to Arlington Street Church with the Schubert Octet in F major, D. 803. Performers include several members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The award-winning Inside Out approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences with classical music.

2014

Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 14th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street's Artist-in-Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, presents a brief concert of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our annual Carol Sing!

8th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 14th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join Arlington Street's musicians for our eighth annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

South African Choir Visits Arlington Street Church

Sunday, December 7th ~ 1:30 pm, Sanctuary

On Sunday, December 7th, the Berg River Choir from Piketbberg, South Africa will visit Arlington Street Church. They will be guests at the 11 am service, and will perform a concert in the Sanctuary at 1:30 that afternoon.

A donation of $15 is requested. For more information, please speak to Laura Pattison or Chris Curtiss, or contact them through
office@ASCBoston.org.

Concert Masterpieces of European and American Music

Sunday, December 7th ~ 7:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Internationally renowned violinist and teacher Vera Rubin (violin) and Arlington Street's own Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan (piano, organ) will present a program of beloved Masterpieces of European and American violin, piano, and organ music. They will perform a sonata for violin and piano by Robert Schumann; virtuoso violin pieces by Charles de Beriot, Henry Vieuxtemps, and Aaron Copland; the Introduction and Passacaglia for organ by Max Reger; and their own transcription of Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler for violin with organ. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. All are welcome!

Coro Allegro presents "American Visions"

Sunday, November 9th, 2014, 3:00 pm – Jordan Hall, Boston

Join us in a musical celebration of legendary choral conductor Lorna Cooke deVaron showcasing works by pioneering and contemporary American voices. Experience the warm, quintessentially American lyricism of her colleague Aaron Copland's settings of folk melodies. Enjoy the unusual melodic grace in Irving Fine's virtuosic composition, The Hour-Glass, dedicated to deVaron herself. Then explore the contemporary American soundscape through a world premiere by Lorna's son Alexander on Walt Whitman's transformative poem, "Proto-Leaf." This program will be performed in Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, honoring a towering figure in the very place where she inspired generations of Boston music lovers. ASC members and friends may enjoy a 10% discount on all ticket prices by ordering online (www.coroallegro.org) using promo code ASC. Look for chorus members Jim Tice or Steve Vorenberg for more information.

Laudate Dominum Concert - Postponed due to Illness

Saturday, October 25th ~ 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
$15 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors

Laudate Dominum presents a concert of beloved masterpieces for soprano, clarinet, organ, and piano. The concert will feature well-known Russian operatic soprano Maria Lyudko, award-winning clarinetist George Devdariani, and Arlington Street's own Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan on piano and organ. All are welcome!

Inside Out Concert: Bach! Featuring Violinist Kris Tong

Sunday, October 26th ~ 3:00 pm, Chapel, FREE, Donations Gratefully Accepted

Kris Tong, violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet, is returning to Arlington Street Church to continue his series of Bach unaccompanied violin works. He will perform the Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005. Last year, Mr. Tong performed the Partita No. 2 in D minor to a standing room only audience.

Eli Epstein, music director of the Inside Out Concert Series, will be the tour guide for this substantial work. The award-winning Inside Out approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences with classical music.

Unity Singers

Sunday, October 19th - 11:00am, Sanctuary

Arlington Street Church welcomes a special guest ensemble, the Unity Singers, from the Unity Church-Unitarian in Saint Paul, MN. The Unity Singers is a nineteen voice choir directed by Ruth Palmer. Their vision is to illustrate the human experience through words, harmony and spirit. Today, they sing pieces from three acclaimed Minnesotan composers spanning three generations: Jake Runestad, Elizabeth Alexander, and Dominick Argento. Please welcome these special guests!

A Note on Sunday's Music

Sunday, October 12th - 11:00am, Sanctuary

Mark David Buckles, Director of Music

Louis W. Ballard (1931-2007) was a Native American composer, educator, author, artist, and journalist of Cherokee and Quapaw descent.

Ballard composed numerous orchestral, choral, and chamber works, many composed on Native American themes or using texts in Native American languages. In addition, he compiled several volumes of Native American songs for classroom use.

Ballard wrote: "It is not enough to acknowledge that Native American Indian Music is merely different from other music. What is needed in America is an awakening and reorienting of our total spiritual and cultural perspectives to embrace, understand and learn from the Aboriginal American what motivates his musical and artistic impulses."

In the winter of 1838-39, the Cherokee were removed by president Andrew Jackson from their ancestral home in the Smokey Mountain region of the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Georgia and forcibly marched to Indian Territory, in present-day Oklahoma. Many died on the journey that became known as the "Trail of Tears."

Sunday's canticle, Gado Dajvyadvhneli Jisa ("One Drop of Blood") is an arrangement by Ballard of a Cherokee song that was sung by these exiles. The English text is a non-literal translation/adaptation by the composer.

Art Song Recital

Sunday, June 22nd ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Come join Broadus Hamilton, tenor and Nick Place, piano, for Violets in June! The program includes a potpourri of flower and spring songs inspired by Broadus's daughter Violet. The duo will perform songs by the Schumann, Wolf, Milhaud, Rachmaninov, Bridge, and more. Broadus was recently seen as Male Chorus in The Boston Conservatory's production of The Rape of Lucretia, and in recital with The Semiosis Quartet, performing On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Nick is the artist in residence pianist/music director at Pensacola Opera in Pensacola, FL. He is also music director for the AIR's production of Così fan tutte and Menotti's The Medium. Come support these two young artists as they jump into spring! A donation of $10 is encouraged.

Nimo Patel and Empty Hands Music!

Wednesday/Thursday, June 11th–12th ~ 6:30 pm Marblehead Zen Center
135 Lafayette Street (St. Andrew's Church), Marblehead, MA

We're invited! The Marblehead Zen Center will be hosting Nimo Patel and Empty Hands Music, who are on a pilgrimage to celebrate kindness and connection in the world! Be enchanted by this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrVHarNCaYA
All events are free and open to the whole family, community poets, singers, and musicians. Please write socialaction@ASCBoston.org to let them know you're coming, or to request more information.
· Wednesday, 7 am–1:00 pm ~ Meditation Retreat
· Thurs., 9:30 am–1:00 pm ~ Children's Interactive Singing Circle
· Thursday, 6:30–8:00 pm ~ Song and Conversation

Music Around the World Concert

Friday, June 6th ~ 8:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

"Connecting the World Through Music" features music and artists from around the world. Music by Albeniz, Balsys, Bloch, Mignone, Noel-Gallon, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Revell, and Sakamoto will be played by artists representing four countries:
· Egle Jarkova (violin) and Ona Jonaiyte (flute) from Lithuania
· Edevaldo Mulla (cello) from Albania
· Rui Urayama (piano) from Japan
· Daniel Beilman (bassoon) from the United States
Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Concert: Masterpieces of European & American Music

Sunday, June 1st ~ 7:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Dr. Vera Rubin (violin) and Arlington Street's own Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan (piano) will perform a program of European and American masterpieces for violin and piano. The program will include compositions by Grieg, de Sarasate, Gershwin, Beach, Saint-Saens, and others. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be ordered at 617-320-2340.

Tom Goss and His Band

Sunday, May 18th ~ 8:30 pm, Hunewell Chapel

Tom Goss is a guitar toting, power-pop prodigy. While his radio-ready music is often compared to acoustic-pop peers such as Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, it is Goss' earnest and thoughtful lyrics that have propelled him to serious singer/songwriter status. Goss has built a reputation as an activist and spokesperson for the LGBTQ community. In his three previous albums Goss has connected with fans through his deeply personal, heartfelt songs set to lush orchestration and acoustic guitars. For his newest release, Wait (Spring 2014), Goss has upped the ante musically, featuring a full band of top-notch musical veterans, including Liz DeRoche (Cane and the Sticks/The Pushovers). While the lyrical content remains charming and intimate, the addition of a band adds a new dimension of immediacy while packing an emotional punch. Tickets for $12 can be purchased at http://tomgossmusic.net/wordpress/full-store/live-in-boston-full-band-sunday-518/.

Worship and Celebration!

Sunday, May 18th ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary, Hunnewell Chapel, & Parish Hall

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus and plaintiffs, Dave Wilson and Rob Compton, join us for a celebration of this great day! Following a very special worship service, there will be anniversary photos taken and wedding cake for all to enjoy! At 12:45 pm, everyone is invited to an interfaith wedding vow renewal in the sanctuary!

Coro Allegro's "Annelies: Diary of Anne Frank"

Sunday, March 30th ~ 3:00 pm, Sanders Theatre, Harvard Square

One of the most moving and most loved memoirs in history finds new life in a major choral work by British composer James Whitbourn. Come listen to this first authorized choral setting of the riveting, often profound words of young Annelies "Anne" Marie Frank, as she and her family hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse during the Holocaust. In Whitbourn's score, Anne's interior voice and longings resonate with echoes of the world outside—church bells and popular tunes from the radio mix with instrumental timbres and melodic contours drawn from Jewish traditions. Don't miss this beautiful, deeply respectful and affecting setting of words that will live forever. Arlington Street members and friends may enjoy a 10% discount on all tickets by ordering online at coroallegro.org/annelies using promo code "ASC." Ask chorus members Jim Tice or Steve Vorenberg for more information.

Mark David Buckles Sings in India!

February 16th and 23rd and March 2nd; returning to Arlington Street March 9

Our Director of Music, Mark David Buckles, is in India, soloing with a Unitarian Universalist choir from Atlanta, Georgia! There are 45 Unitarian churches in the Khasi Hills region of India, which is located in the far northeast corner of the country. Music is a cultural centerpiece for the people in the Khasi Hills. During this very first Unitarian Universalist choir pilgrimage from the United States to India, Mark and the choir will be performing several concerts of all-memorized repertoire, including concerts with groups from India, and a performance at the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalists of North East India. In addition to the Khasi Hills area, Mark will be visiting Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. We are so proud of our Arlington Street Unitarian Universalist ambassador!

Singing Men of Ohio Perform at Arlington Street!

Singing Men of Ohio Perform at Arlington Street!

Dr. Daniel J. Hall is pleased to bring the Singing Men of Ohio (SMO) and their rich tradition of music to Arlington Street Church. SMO is Ohio University's original male glee club. Composed of all majors spanning the university–SMO takes great pride in it's diversity and mission–finding unity through harmony and leadership through song.

SMO will perform a wide variety of both secular and sacred music, with a feature from Ohio University's premier all-male pop a cappella group, Section 8.

After the concert there will be a dessert and coffee reception for alumni of Ohio University and the choir. There is no admission charge. However, a small donation is appreciated.

Hope Out Loud | Act Out Loud

Sunday, January 19th ~ 3:00 pm, UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam Street Roxbury MA 02119

In the spirit of Dr. King, join the UU Urban Ministry and Boston Mobilization for an afternoon of inspiration and justice! Rev. Victoria Weinstein will emcee the Hope Out Loud portion of the program featuring: The Boston Community Choir, The Radical Praise Choir from Union Methodist Church, Greater Victory Temple Youth Choir, the UU Urban Ministry & First Parish in Concord Children's Choir, and The Spiritual Life Dancers from Union Methodist Church.

Jay Kaufman, Lexington MA Representative, will host Act Out Loud where you can find out how the Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy is building relationships with other teens, and hear what justice looks like in our city and its suburbs, today!

There will be refreshments and family arts starting at 3:00 pm, and the program begins at 4:00 pm. All are welcome to this exciting afternoon!

Inside Out Concert ~ Mozart and Beethoven!

Sunday, January 12th ~ 4:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Hannah Shields, piano; Amanda Hardy, oboe; Michael Norsworthy, clarinet; and Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon delight us today with Mozart's Quintet in Eb major for piano and winds, K. 452 and Beethoven's Quintet in Eb major for piano and winds, Op. 16. Eli Epstein of Inside Out will be our musical tour guide!

Inside Out Concerts show that a connection with music is not so much about knowing (although it's useful to know the historical and cultural context of a piece), it's more about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that's inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art. The award-winning Inside Out approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences with classical music.

2013

Boston Gay Men's Chorus "Hauls Out the Holly!"

Dec. 20th, 21st, 22nd at 8 pm ~ Jordan Hall

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus celebrates the holidays with traditional favorites and new classics. Twelve Gays of Christmas will delight you, and our Little Drummer Boy is unlike anything you've ever seen before! And if you're very good, Santa might just stop by! Join us for the KidSized version of Haul Out the Holly! At one hour, it's perfect for the whole family.

Full price tickets are available at www.bgmc.org for $20-$60 and $25 for the family show on Sunday, December 15th at 1:00 pm.

The chorus is offering Arlington Street a 10% discount on the $40 or $60 seats only for the Friday 12/20 and Sunday 12/22 performances. The discount code is ASC10 and is good for advance online purchases through December 19th.

Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 15th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street's Artist-in-Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, presents a brief concert of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our annual Carol Sing!

7th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 15th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join Arlington Street's musicians for our seventh annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

Chanukah Concert—A Light Through the Ages

Sunday, December 1st ~ 4:00 pm, Central Reform Temple, 15 Newbury St.

Celebrate the meaning of Chanukah in story and song, and with a dramatic candle lighting ceremony! The Zamir Chorale of Boston will perform traditional and contemporary holiday classics. Free!

Inside Out Concert: Bach Chaconne!

Sunday, November 24th ~ 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Praised for his exceptional gift of insight, virtuosity and true creative flair, violinist Kristopher Tong has performed in hundreds of concerts across the world as the second violinist of the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. This afternoon, Tong will play Bach Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 and Eli Epstein of Inside Out will be our tour guide.

Inside Out Concerts show that a connection with music is not so much about knowing (although it's useful to know the historical and cultural context of a piece), it's more about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that's inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art. The award-winning Inside Out approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences with classical music.

Emma's Revolution Concert for UU Mass Action

Friday, October 25th, Doors Open 7:30 pm, UU Church of Wakefield

The Iowa City Press-Citizen calls the music of Emma's Revolution progressive, socially-conscious, confrontational, and shot-through with intelligence and cutting humor.

Activist singer/songwriter folk duo Sandy O and Pat Humphries are giving a benefit concert to support the mission of UU Mass Action. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online at uumassaction.org/emmasrevolution.

Channing School in Concert

Thursday, October 24th ~ Doors open at 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Fifty girls from the choir and chamber orchestra of England's Channing School will be taking the stage at Arlington Street Church! The girls, aged 14-18, are very excited to be on their first Boston tour.

In this Benjamin Britten centenary year, the choir will perform Britten's Simple Symphony and his stunning Missa Brevis arranged for orchestra and choir. JS Bach's E major violin concerto and Tavener's The Lamb will also be featured. Directed by Peter Boxall, this exquisite ensemble is not to be missed!

Opening the evening will be Boston's own New England Conservatory Youth Chorale, directed by Jonathan Richter. This ensemble of 60 young singers will perform a collection of a cappella works by British composers.

Together, the two groups will perform John Rutter's All Things Bright and Beautiful.

The Channing School in England is a Unitarian school founded on the principles of William Ellery Channing, the father of Unitarianism and the minister of this church from 1803-1842.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special free musical evening! Any donations will be gratefully accepted.

Words and Songs

Saturday, October 5th ~ 7:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

What happens when a noted Boston-area humorist and columnist joins forces with an award-winning singer and songwriter to share the same stage? The result is "Words and Songs," premiering at Arlington Street Church.

Judah Leblang, storyteller and author of Bay Windows' column "Life in the Slow Lane," teams up with singer/songwriter Maria Sangiolo to present two views of life 'outside the box.' When Sangiolo combines her songs centered on life as a mother and songwriter in a small rural town with Leblang's musings as an urban, gay single man navigating the road through middle age, the outcome ranges from lyrically poignant to achingly hilarious.

Tickets are available at judahleblang.com—$12 for Arlington Street members and $15 for the general public.

Boston Gay Men's Chorus Presents: Divas Unleashed

Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, June 9th at 7:00 pm, John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston

Back by popular demand! We couldn't get all the Divas into our last show. Music from Barbra, Cher and Judy is a given – plus Britney, Lady Gaga and Adele with tributes to Whitney and Donna. Of course there will be some BGMC surprises as well. Celebrate Pride with this song and dance salute to our Divas! Details and tickets are available at bgmc.org or at 617-542-7464.

The Open Aire Ensemble in Concert

Sunday, June 9th ~ 1:30 pm, Sanctuary

Join the Open Aire Ensemble for a recital celebrating the natural world through music with flutists Rebecca Jeffreys, Marjorie Bollinger Hogan, and pianist Molly Wood. This recital features a world premiere written by Joe Clark for the ensemble, plus music by contemporary composers including Gary Schocker, Jennifer Grady, Steve Tung, and Mel Lauf, Jr. Donations will be accepted. More information at rebeccajeffreys.com

Project Heckelmith Concert

Sunday, June 2nd ~ 4:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of German composer Paul Hindemith's death, the Nix Ensemble will present a program of all Hindemith works, featuring the rarely performed Trio, op. 47, for heckelphone (an instrument in the oboe family), viola, and piano.

Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in the reading of a virtually unknown comic play by the composer, and the Nix Ensemble will present works from Hindemith's vast output that reveal the humorous side of his music. The concert is free and open to the public. Come experience the ingenious music and outrageous humor of composer Paul Hindemith, and enjoy German pastries and refreshments!

The Nix Ensemble is composed of Arlington Street's Gwen Buttemer, oboe; and other New England Conservatory alumni, Maureen Heflinger, viola; and Chris Gamboa, piano. The ensemble is the recipient of a grant from New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship department, and will be presenting this concert as part of a series of events created to honor composer Paul Hindemith (1895 –1963).

Ari & Mia

Sunday, May 19th ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Arlington Street Church is thrilled to welcome Ari & Mia, Boston's Americana sister act, to play for our Sunday morning worship! With fiddle, cello, banjo, guitar, and arresting vocal harmonies, their songs evoke the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. They combine Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and early American songbook tunes with their own innovative compositions.

Both sisters studied at Boston's New England Conservatory in its cutting-edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Their album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011. Mia's song, "Across the Water," won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. Their new album, Land on Shore, was just released this month! Find more at ariandmiamusic.com.

Roy Zimmerman Playing for Sunday Service

Sunday, April 21st ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Arlington Street Church is thrilled to welcome back Roy Zimmerman, who is providing music for this morning's service. Roy sings original satirical songs—songs about class warfare, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, ignorance, war, and greed.

The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."

In twelve albums over twenty years and on stages, screens, and airwaves across America, Roy has brought satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records and he is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. And everywhere Zimmerman goes, the Starving Ear, a virtual nightclub and global meeting place in the grand tradition of San Francisco's hungry i, goes with him!

Tom Goss Concert

Saturday, March 23rd ~ 8:00 pm, Concert in the Chapel
Sunday, March 24th~ 11:00 am, Playing for Service in the Sanctuary

Musician Tom Goss returns to Arlington Street, performing a Saturday evening concert as well as playing during the Sunday morning worship service. Tom's music continues to stand at the forefront of LGBTQ equality and arts. His newest music video, "Make Believe", made a splash, generating over 70,000 views in it's first week. His previous videos have tackled "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and marriage equality and have been featured in The Advocate, Out.com, MTV's LOGO, Towleroad, and After Elton generating over 350,000 views!

Dead Man Walking ~ the Opera

Sunday, March 17th at 3:00 and March 18th at 7:30 ~ Somerville Theater, Davis Square

Jake Heggie's opera is adapted from the first-hand account of Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.'s unique relationship with an inmate on Death Row at a Louisiana State Penitentiary. It speaks of faith, redemption, and the bonds of family. Our Artist in Residence, Michael Sakir, is the musical director with libretto by Terrence McNally. Tickets at bostonoperacollaborative.org and somervilletheatreonline.com.

The Collaborative will host a number of events including a masterclass with composer Jake Heggie on March 17th and a pre-performance lecture by Sister Helen Prejean on March 18th.

Inside Out Concert: Mozart

Sunday, January 20th ~ 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Today, Inside Out performs Brahms Horn Trio, Op. 40 with Kristopher Tong of the Borromeo String Quartet on violin, Hannah Shields on piano, and Eli Epstein on horn and acting as our musical tour guide. Inside Out builds bridges to audiences through an active listening approach that connects concert goers with universal emotional themes such as joy, loss, caring, strength, struggle, gratitude and grace.

2012

First Night at Arlington Street!

Monday, December 31st ~ 10-11:00 pm, Sanctuary

The Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosts its annual First Night performance at Arlington Street Church! Tonight's performers are Lois Toeppner, Louise Mundinger, and Laurence Carson. The organists perform works that appeal to a general audience, ranging from "light" to "serious." Our own Artist in Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, is the event coordinator and your host for this exciting musical evening! Admission to this concert is your First Night button.

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 23rd ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

'Twas the Week Before Christmas! Come join us for some new stories of the season, some old favorites, and lots of carol singing!

Hallelujah! Boston Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert

December 9th at 3:00 pm, December 14th, 15th, 17th at 8:00 pm ~ Jordan Hall

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to the Boston Gay Men's Chorus's (BGMC) joyful celebration of diverse holiday traditions. Hear music honoring Chanukah, the Native American solstice, and traditional Christmas carols, along with some favorite pop tunes (Mariah?) of the season. The hilarious Freres de St. Francis de la Sissies return … with a BGMC twist! Tickets are available at www.bgmc.org or 617-542-SING for $16-$46. Don't miss Boston's other holiday tradition!

Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 16th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street's Artist-in-Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, presents a brief concert of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our annual Carol Sing!

6th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 16th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join Arlington Street's musicians for our sixth annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

Symphonic Relief for Haiti II

Sunday, November 4th ~ 3:00 p.m. ~ Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Under the direction of Ronald Feldman, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert to benefit Partners In Health's Center for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Education in Mirebalais, Haiti

On January 10, 2010, Haiti was rocked by a massive earthquake. The death toll was estimated to be nearly 250,000. Three weeks later, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and Boston's musical community came together to perform a concert of healing to raise funds for Partners In Health and to bring the Haitian community together in solidarity with Boston's musical community. "Symphonic Relief for Haiti" was a success on many levels: it united 200 musicians, and was attended by 500 people, including members of Boston's Haitian diaspora, and raised significant funds for Partners In Health.

One of the outgrowths of "Symphonic Relief for Haiti" was the development of a partnership among several organizations committed to improving healthcare in Haiti: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Partners In Health, Partners HealthCare International, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Institute for Human Centered Design, and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. Looking beyond the immediate disaster relief, these organizations were concerned about the long-term care that many of the survivors would require, including intensive rehabilitative care for the hundreds of newly disabled victims of the earthquake. To address this problem, the group approached Shepley Bulfinch Architects, to design a new rehabilitation and training center. As a result of this pro bono partnership, plans were made to establish the CERE, the Center for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Education.

Please join us now to help complete this innovative Center on the ground in Haiti!

Join Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Partners In Health (PIH) and Arlington Street Church for Symphonic Relief for Haiti II, a concert that will raise much-needed funds to complete the construction of the Center for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Education (CERE) in Mirebalais, Haiti. Once complete, CERE will become the first fully accessible rehabilitation facility within Haiti's public health system and will provide care to patients who have lost function through disease, accidents, or natural disasters.

Led by LSO Music Director Ronald Feldman, the concert will open with a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, featuring four violinists with ties to Haiti, music and rehabilitation: Nicholas Kitchen, Sue-Jonnathane Celestin, Adrian Anantawan, Sherman Jia. Clarinetist Jorge Montilla will perform the Boston premiere of Concertino for Clarinet and Strings by Haitian-American composer-conductor Julio Racine, former conductor of the Haiti Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will conclude with Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 9 in C.

Post-concert reception to follow.

TICKETS (suggested donation adult $20; student/senior $10) are available through the LSO by calling 617-987-0100, or clicking onhttp://act.pih.org/page/event/detail/fundraisingevent/4jrzp

Proceeds will benefit Partners In Health's Center for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Education.

To make a donation to directly support Partners In Health's Center for Excellence in Rehabilitation and Education in Mirebalais, please visit the PIH secure website at http://act.pih.org/longwood-symphony.

Arcadia Players: Mozart and Haydn

Saturday, October 13th ~ 8:00 pm, Sanctuary

Arcadia Players presents a program of concertos by Mozart and Haydn on period instruments. The featured works are Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major, featuring our Artist in Residence Guy Fishman on cello, and concertos by Mozart for bassoon and piano. Two other Mozart works round out this delightful and stimulating concert: the overture to Bastien et Bastienne, and his cantata for soprano and orchestra, Exultate Jubilate (including the famous "Alleluia").

Gedymin Grubba Organ Recital

Sunday, October 7th ~ 1:00 pm, Sanctuary.

All the way from Poland, guest organist Gedymin Grubba presents a recital on our own beautiful Aeolian-Skinner organ including works by Bach, Buxtehude, and Muschel. Mr. Grubba has given over 500 concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia. He performs as a soloist, a chamber music player, a composer, and a conductor. This is his first concert tour of the United States.

Admission is by donation. A reception will follow. All are welcome!

Boston Gay Men's Chorus Presents The Music of the 90's

June 7th, 8th, 10th ~ John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston

Remember the 90's? What a way to end a millennium! The DVD and the iMac were introduced. We went to the movies to see Titanic and Jurassic Park. At home, we were introduced to ER, South Park and Friends. And we listened to songs from the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Boyz2Men and Janet Jackson. This season's Pride concert will pulse with the spirit of hope and change that made the decade the REAL gay 90's! Our amazing accompanist and arranger, Chad Weirick has done a brilliant job creating this show. It includes music from Rent and an over-the-top medley of 50 of the decade's best. Get ready for this!!
Details and tickets are available online at bgmc.org or by calling 617-542-7464.

Celebrating Our Seven Principles through Music

Sunday, May 20th ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

While many religious traditions have a large body of liturgical music, due to the youth and diversity of our faith, there is comparatively very little music devoted to specifically Unitarian Universalist religious texts. Over the past several years, hoping to begin to rectify this, our Director of Music, Mark David Buckles, composed a series of seven choral pieces based on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. This Sunday, Arlington Street Church will present a special service featuring the Arlington Street Choir performing all seven pieces interspersed with readings and poetry. Come and celebrate!

Piano Concert by Neely Bruce

Sunday, May 20th ~ 6:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Neely Bruce will perform his original piano composition, "The Blue Box." Neely is the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and a dear friend of Harriotte Hurie Ranvig. Bruce is the composer of LOTS of piano music, as well as a choral setting of the Bill of Rights. Come and enjoy!

Saturday, May 12th ~ 3:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Gwendolyn Buttemer, Arlington Street Church member and oboe player, will be giving a short recital of solo and chamber music, featuring pieces by Telemann, Bozza, Francaix, and Hugues. Admission by donation. All proceeds will go directly to Rice Sticks and Tea.

Occupy Your Faith! A Boston Unitarian Universalist Revival

Saturday, May 12th ~ 4:00 pm, UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam Street in Roxbury MA

Mark David Buckles, Joanna Lubkin, and percussionist Matt Meyer lead an energetic service of song, story, and reflection. Join us as we share in a celebration of the transforming message of Unitarian Universalism! Worship begins at 4 pm with a shared dinner to follow at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 to cover our costs. A free-will offering will also be taken for Unitarian Universalism social justice work in the city of Boston.

Inside Out Concert

Sunday, April 29th ~ 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

An afternoon of duets, featuring two wonderful musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra—violinist Bonnie Bewick and violist Rebecca Gitter, with Eli Epstein acting as our guide.

Today's program is Mozart's Duo No. 1 in G major, K. 423 and Handel-Halvorsen's Passacaglia. Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by helping us tap into the emotional essence and universal human experience that's inherent in every work of art.

Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe

Sunday, April 8th ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Arlington Street Church celebrates Easter with the Berliner Messe, a breathtakingly beautiful modern masterpiece for choir and string orchestra written by one of today's most revered composers of sacred choral music, Arvo Pärt. His style, often dubbed "spiritual minimalism," evokes medieval and early Renaissance cathedral chant with its simplicity and sublimity. We offer this performance in the spirit of praise, celebration, and peace.

Tom Goss Concert

Saturday, March 31st ~ 8:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel
Sunday, April 1st ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Tom Goss offers up dynamic acoustic rock featuring muscular guitar, hooky melodies, and a uniquely powerful voice. If the 26-year-old has any patron saints, they are Jack Johnson, Damien Rice, Ben Folds, and Joss Stone. Tom writes songs of his own, channeling his message of love, hope, and reconciliation through his music. Tickets to Saturday night's concert are $10. Tom will also be joining us the next morning to play at our Sunday worship service.

Boston Gay Men's Chorus (BGMC) March Production

Saturday, March 24th & Sunday, March 25th ~ 8:00 pm, Jordan Hall

Love's Voice looks at the many voices of love – from lush to humorous. There will be several timeless pieces by Gershwin and the spirited music of Ricky Martin, Adele, and the landmark gay musical Falsettoland.

The second act presents For a Look or a Touch. Composed by renowned American composer Jake Heggie, it is the touching, true story of two men whose love was torn apart by the Holocaust, the rapture and excitement of young love and the ultimate healing glow of remembrance. Tickets at BGMC.org. Prices range from $16-$46. To receive the Arlington Street Church 20% discount, just enter the code FRIEND20 at checkout.

Women Musicians Network, 15th Annual Concert

Thursday, March 8th ~ 8:15 pm, Berklee Performance Center

Come celebrate International Women's Day! Twelve diverse acts, from jazz and rock, to Bulgarian folk and world music. The evening features Berklee women students from around the world with special guests: Berklee City Music, Renese King, and award-winning band Zili Misik.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $12 at the door. Purchase advance tickets at the box office: 617-747-2261 or at berkleebpc.com.

A Fragile Tomorrow Concert

Sunday, February 19th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

A Fragile Tomorrow, a rock/folk quartet from South Carolina, will be performing during Sunday morning worship and giving a concert in the afternoon! A Fragile Tomorrow has toured with the Indigo Girls and The Bangles and has shared the stage with Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, Blues Traveler, The Cowsills, Continental Drifters, Martin Sexton, and more. Over their 7 years together, they have released three albums; their most recent work, "Tripping Over Nothing", includes contributions from Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Peter Holsapple of R.E.M., and Hootie and the Blowfish.

Willie Dinardo will open the afternoon concert. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door, as a portion of the proceeds from the concert goes to benefit MassEquality, a Boston based LGBT rights organization. For more information, please visit www.afragiletomorrow.com.

Inside Out Concert: Violin Masterpieces

Sunday, February 5th ~ 4:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Neoclassical masterpieces by Darius Milhaud and Irving Fine with Elizabeth Ostling, flute; Amanda Hardy, oboe; Michael Wayne, clarinet; Ron Haroutunian, bassoon; and Eli Epstein, horn and musical tour guide.

Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing connecting with music is about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that's inherent in every work of art.

Arabella Ensemble Concert:

Epiphany: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Sunday, January 8th ~ 5:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

The Arabella Ensemble will present an evening of vocal and chamber music exploring the theme of snow and the journey of the Wise Men to seek the Christ Child. Music of the season includes works by Bach, Elgar, Brahms, Rutter, Spirituals and more. Tickets are available at the door: $15 Adults and $10 Students/Seniors. More information regarding the program is available at www.arabellensemble.com, belcantobach@hotmail.com, or emilymurphy2@gmail.com.

2011

Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 11th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street's Artist in Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, presents a brief concert of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our annual Carol Sing!

5th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 11th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join Arlington Street's musicians for our fifth annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

Boston Gay Men's Chorus presents "This Shining Night"

Sunday, December 11th ~ 3:00 pm & December 16th, 17th, 19th at 8:00 pm. All performances areat New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Announcing a special discount for Arlington Street members and friends! Get 10% off tickets for Friday, December 16th and Monday, December 19th! The discount tickets are only available online at www.bgmc.org by using the coupon code ASC10 at checkout.

This month, the Chorus celebrates the tradition, magic, and fun of holiday nights. They sing favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and include music representing the Hebrew and African traditions, plus three ancient British carols adapted by rock icon Sting! And then there are those memorable nights spent in front of the TV illuminated by the glow of iconic Christmas characters like Cindy Lou Who, Jack Frost, and Rudolph....

If you have any questions or need a little more help to buy a ticket, please speak with Rev. Kim! All are welcome!

David Wax Museum in Concert

Saturday, December 3rd ~ 7:30 pm, Sanctuary


Recently anointed as Boston's Americana Artist of the Year (2010 Boston Music Awards), the David Wax Museum has been called "pure, irresistible joy" (Bob Boilen, NPR) and hailed by TIME.com for its "virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies." The Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create an utterly unique Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, and donkey jawbone rattling, they have electrified audiences across the country and are "kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility" (The New Yorker). Early bird tickets for $15 and general admission at $18, can be purchased at davidwaxmuseum.com

500 Years of Music for Guitar with Peter Griggs!

Sunday, December 4th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel


In "500 Years of Music for Guitar," guitarist/composer Peter Griggs explores the music of the classical guitar, from the Renaissance to the Contemporary. The program will include music by Gaspar Sanz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bartolome Calatuyud, Django Rheinhardt, and Thelonious Monk, as well as Flamenco, Brazilian music, and several of Griggs' own compositions. Donations will be gratefully accepted. View a 10-minute video of "500 Years of Music for Guitar," at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lFywZSjhI

Judah Leblang's One-Man Show

Saturday, November 19th ~ 7:30 pm, Harvard Square, Cambridge


Judah Leblang, an Arlington Street Church member, is performing "Finding My Place: One Man's Journey through the Middle Ages." Several years in the making, the show contains some pieces from his book, along with new material. It combines humor and more serious pieces and will definitely keep you awake and entertained!
The performance is at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. To get tickets in advance (the theater is very small), call 617-547-6789 or order online at http://www.ccae.org/catalog/detail.php?id=559654.

Ashley Addington & Molly Wood Recital

Sunday, November 13th ~ 2:30 pm, Sanctuary


Join flutist Ashley Addington and pianist Molly Wood for an autumn recital. Together they will dazzle your ears with their renditions of pieces by W.A. Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Aaron Copland, and Edwin Burton!

Inside Out Concert: Violin Masterpieces

Sunday, November 6th ~ 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel


Unaccompanied violin masterpieces of Bach, Telemann, and Martin Butler (Bluegrass Variations!) with Sharan Leventhal on violin and Eli Epstein as our tour guide.

Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing that a connection with music is about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that's inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art.

The Seven Principles

Sunday, October 2nd ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary


While many religious traditions have a large body of liturgical music, due to the youth and diversity of our faith, there is comparatively very little music devoted specifically to Unitarian Universalist religious texts. Hoping to rectify this, our Director of Music, Mark David Buckles, began in 2007 to compose a series of seven choral introits based on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. On October 2nd, in celebration of our Blessing of the Animals service, the Arlington Street Choir will premiere the seventh and final principle: We believe in the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. This project was funded with generous support from many members of Arlington Street Church.

Molly Wood Recital

Thursday, September 29th ~ 7:00 pm, Sanctuary


Molly Wood invites you to a recital here at Arlington Street Church. This program presents a snapshot into the chamber music world of Paris for the past 100+ years, moving from the birth of French art song, right through to the present. The Alexander/Wood duo invites percussionist Joel Alexander to join us as we explore both our past and present in this innovative program that is both beautiful and musically evocative!

Duo Ricercare Concert

Sunday, September 5th ~ 1:00pm, Sanctuary


The Italian Duo Ricercare, comprised of organist Luca Massaglia and saxophonist Isabella Stabio, are performing during our morning worship service and will present a full concert afterwards in the sanctuary.

The repertoire of the Duo ranges from Renaissance to contemporary world music, and includes both secular and sacred pieces.

The duo has performed internationally in Italy, Austria, England, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States.

Choir of St. Catharine's College Concert

Friday, July 8th ~ 2:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Choir of St Catharine's College from Cambridge, England will perform a short, informal recital at Arlington Street Church as part of their United States tour. Free and open to the public!

Gerald Martindale Bell Tower Concert

Friday, July 8th ~ 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

As part of his 14th annual national tour, carillioneur Gerald Martindale will make a stop in Boston to perform a recital of hymns, world music, popular songs (Mancini, Rodgers), and classical chestnuts (Beethoven, Wagner, Puccini) on Arlington Street Church's historic bells. Mr. Martindale has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Great Britain. He currently serves as carillioneur of the historic Metropolitan United Church in Toronto.

All are invited to sit and enjoy this summer evening concert from Boston's beautiful Public Garden across the street from the church.

Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert

Pablo Mahave-Veglia, violoncello & Gregory Crowell, harpsichord
Monday, June 13th ~ 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

The Cello in London, circa 1740. London in the 1740s was one of the golden eras of violoncello playing. Led by Handel's orchestra, instrumental performance was reaching new heights. No doubt encouraged by the accomplished amateur 'cellist Frederick, Prince of Wales, some of the greatest continental 'cellists of the time such as Caporale, Cervetto, Bononcini, Galliard, and Lanzetti moved to the English capital and performed and published their works in London. They extended the technical possibilities of the instrument and molded them into the new emerging galant style. Largely ignored until now, recent interest in period instrument performance has illuminated their style, grace, and technical brilliance

Katarzyna Sadej and Mark McNeill Recital

Friday, May 27th ~ 8:30 pm, Sanctuary

Mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej and pianist Mark McNeill return to Arlington Street Church to give their second recital in a series of performances. The program will feature both song and aria, including music by Brahms, Haydn, and Fauré. The event is open to the public with no tickets required.

Revive Your Spirit: A Unitarian Universalist worship service

of music and mystery for all souls

Saturday, May 21st ~ 4:00 pm, First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street

Join us for a Unitarian Universalist Revival - a warm and welcoming service with lots of great music and inspirational preaching. We'll gather to make a joyful noise and celebrate the saving message of Unitarian Universalism. Worship Leaders include Rev. Thandeka, Elizabeth Nguyen, Rev. Danielle Di Bona, Matt Meyer, Mark David Buckles, and Regie Gibson.

Tickets are $15 to cover our costs. An offering will be taken for UU social justice ministry both near and far, split between the UUA-UUSC Japan Relief Fund and summer programming at the UU Urban Ministry's Roxbury Youth Programs. Worship begins at 4pm, with a shared dinner to follow at 6pm.

Summer Nights

Sunday, May 22nd ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love pushes us around and makes us insane. Arlington Street's own Rachel Gitner presents a concert centered around a woman controlled by Love. Her story will invoke your first stirrings of (unrequited) love, the passionate breakup, and the peace that comes from knowing that you will survive ... and thrive. Join soprano Rachel Gitner, lutenist Matthew Wright, and special guest Kay Patterson-Shaw for one riveting hour of passion, humor, and beautiful songs by Dowland, Caccini, and Monteverdi.

Inside Out Concert: Mozart!

Sunday, May 15th at 1:30 pm in the Sanctuary ~ FREE, donations gratefully accepted

Featuring members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
   Julianne Lee, violin
   Eli Epstein, conductor and tour guide
   Inside Out Chamber Orchestra

Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing that a connection with music is not so much about knowing; it's more about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that's inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art. This innovative interdisciplinary approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences. For more information, please see www.eliepstein.com.

Hindemith 1939 Concerto Recital

May 1st, 1:00 pm ~ Sanctuary

The Arneis Ensemble will be performing three Paul Hindemith pieces from his 1939 concerto: Hindemith Viola Sonata, Hindemith Sonata for Harp, and Hindemith Violin Concerto. Featured performers are Daniel Dona, viola, Kevin Loucks, piano, Ina Zdorovetchi, harp, Heather Braun, violin, and our own Molly Wood on piano. For more information visit www.arneisenemble.org.

Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria

Easter Sunday, April 24th, 11:00 am

Arlington Street Choir & Orchestra. Mark David Buckles, conductor, Liliana Castelblanco, soprano, Glorivy Arroyo, mezzo soprano

A Note on Our Performance of Vivaldi's Gloria
The Gloria RV 589 is one of Antonio Vivaldi's best known compositions, perhaps second in popularity only to Le quattro stagioni ("The Four Seasons"), and is one of the most celebrated examples of sacred music from the Baroque era. Its fame is well-deserved; it is a work of considerable artistic and spiritual richness for both the listener and the performer. The piece is thought to have been composed sometime between 1713 and 1717, during Vivaldi's tenure as maestro di violino and maestro de concerti at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. The Ospedale, the most distinguished of the four great charitable institutions of Venice, served as a convent, orphanage, and music school.


The work is scored only for a single trumpet and oboe in addition to strings and continuo. Our performance will feature one string player on each part: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, and Doublebass. Although the performance of much sacred music from this era was the providence of men and boys, all evidence suggests that for the Gloria, and other works sung at the Ospedale, all of the vocal parts would have been originally performed by women! The choir was comprised of both mature women who had grown up in the institution and more youthful girls, some of whom would have specialized in singing low registers.


The Gloria in excelsis Deo, now part of the Ordinary of the Mass, is an early prose hymn whose origins have been traced back to a morning prayer in the Apostolic Constitution (c.380) and to a Greek version of the second century. The psalm-like text is thought to have been composed by an individual, rather than being taken from the Biblical Psalter. It is known as the hymnus angelicus because it begins with the words of Luke 2:14, the angelic hymn sung at Jesus's nativity: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among all people of good will." We offer our performance in that same spirit of praise, celebration, and peace.
-Mark David Buckles

Charles Mokotoff Classical Guitar Concert

Sunday, April 10th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Visiting artist Charles Mokotoff performs an intimate recital of solo music for the classical guitar, including works by Bach, Ponce, Granados, and Albéniz. Mr. Mokotoff has served on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities in the New York and New England. Prior to settling in the Washington, DC area in 1991, he made his home in New England where he was widely recognized as an active guitarist and Renaissance lute player during the 1980s.

Inside Out Concert

Sunday, March 27th ~ 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

You're invited to a free Inside Out Concert featuring a quartet of Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians performing Beethoven's String Quartet Opus 59 No. 2. Eli Epstein from Inside Out will show us ways to access our memories and activate our imaginations, so that we can have a more moving, meaningful, and personal experience with the music. For more information, please view www.eliepstein.com.

Gu-zheng

Sunday, February 13th ~ 11:00 AM, Sanctuary

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit! Congratulations and be prosperous! In honor of the Chinese New Year, Phil and Megan Savoy perform music for the Sunday morning worship service on the gu-zheng, a traditional Chinese 21-stringed zither.

Mezzo Soprano Katarzyna Sadej and Pianist Mark McNeill

Sunday, February 13th ~ 2:30 PM, Hunnewell Chapel

The Canadian duo of mezzo soprano Katarzyna Sadej and pianist Mark McNeill present a full recital on Sunday. They offer a vibrant feast of songs in English, French, Polish, and Spanish!

Sources: A Unitarian Universalist Cantata

Sunday, January 30th, 3:00 PM ~ First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street

“Sources: A Unitarian Universalist Cantata” written by Rev. Kendyl Gibbons (words) and Rev. Jason Shelton (music) will be presented at the First Church in Roxbury to benefit the work and outreach programs of the UU Urban Ministry. Singers from the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network – Greater Boston Coalition, from 10 participating congregations are joining forces to produce this event. Arlington Street Church is a participating congregation and several of our members will be singing. They will be joined by children from Roxbury and Concord, who will sing parts of the cantata with the adult chorus. Tickets are $20; $15 for students and seniors and are available through the UU Urban Ministry at (www.uuum.org).

2010

Carol Sing at Brighton House

Sunday, December 5th ~ 1:30 pm, 170 Corey Road, Brighton MA

Want to enjoy the true spirit of Christmas? Join members of our choir and community in a carol sing at Brighton House with our beloved Mary Ann Hardenbergh and other residents. Located next to Whole Foods, Brighton House is very close to the Washington Street T stop on the Green Line E train. For more information, contact Sarah Richards via office@ascboston.org. All are welcome!

A Light Through the Ages

Sunday, December 5th ~ 4:00 pm, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Boston Jewish Spirit presents a cantata, featuring a professional chamber orchestra and choir, that recounts the meaning of Chanukah throughout Jewish history in story and song. Free to the public.

Inside Out Concert

Featuring members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, November 21st, 1:30 pm, Sanctuary
Free, Donations Gratefully Accepted

Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles and Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik

Elizabeth Ostling, flute
Laura Ahlbeck, oboe
Michael Wayne, clarinet
Richard Ranti, bassoon
Eli Epstein, horn and tour guide

Classical music can be a tremendous resource for understanding oneself and others. It’s food for our minds, hearts and souls. Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing that a connection with music is not so much about knowing (although it’s useful to know the historical and cultural context of a piece), it’s more about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that’s inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art. This innovative interdisciplinary approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences.

Kate Campbell Performing

Monday, September 20th, 6:15-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
Come celebrate the music of Kate Campbell as she performs original songs featuring sounds of gospel, R&B, pop, country, and folk. Gathering and light refreshments before the concert at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall. This special event is a fundraiser for WE LEARN, an international non-profit organization promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women. Kate has generously agreed to provide a full concert of her songs for WE LEARN and the community. To learn more about Kate Campbell, go to www.katecampbell.com. To learn more about WE LEARN, purchase tickets, or make a donation online, go to www.litwomen.org/welearn. Suggested concert donation is $35 — or, whatever you can give, more or less.

Longwood Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players

Sunday, June 20th, 11:00 am, Sanctuary
4:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street Church welcomes back our Artists in Residence, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra! The Longwood Symphony is comprised primarily of health care professionals and all of their proceeds benefit medically-related nonprofits. Members of the orchestra will perform during the Sunday morning worship service, and then perform a full concert of chamber music in the afternoon. Join us!

Arlington Street Welcomes Church of the River

Sunday, June 13th, 11:00 am, Sanctuary
Next Sunday, Arlington Street Church welcomes the choir of Church of the River, the First Unitarian Church of Memphis, led by Music Director Charles Schulz. Our own Arlington Street Choir will combine with the choir of Church of the River in singing several pieces throughout the service, including Randall Thompson’s beautiful setting of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and Aaron Copland’s uplifting anthem “The Walls of Zion.”

Bach Solo Cello Suites

Guy Fishman, Artist in Residence
Sunday, May 30th, 11 am, Sanctuary

Don’t miss cellist Guy Fishman’s final performance at Arlington Street Church! Over the last two year, Mr. Fishman has been an Artist in Residence at Arlington Street. His time here has featured performances of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo cello suites, which he will be recording this year. Mr. Fishman’s upcoming visit marks the final installment; he will perform Suite No. 6 in Major BWV 1012 on a historical five-stringed cello. Bach’s cello suites were most likely composed between 1717 and 1723; nearly 300 years later, they continue to be regarded as some of the greatest works ever written for the instrument.

Inside Out Concert

Mozart Horn Quintet K.407
Haydn String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4, “The Sun”
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, 1:30 pm
FREE!! in the Sanctuary
Donations Gratefully Accepted

Featuring members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra:
Catherine French, violin
Julianne Lee, violin and viola
Rebecca Gitter, viola
Owen Young, cello
Eli Epstein, tour guide, horn

Inside Out audiences realize that classical music can be a tremendous resource for understanding oneself and others. It’s food for our minds, hearts and souls.

Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing that a connection with music is not so much about knowing (although it’s useful to know the historical and cultural context of a piece), it’s more about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that’s inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art. This innovative interdisciplinary approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences.

~ For more information about Inside Out Concerts, please view ~
www.eliepstein.com

Longwood Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players

POSTPONED

The afternoon recital of chamber music by Longwood Symphony Orchestra, originally scheduled
for Sunday, March 28th, 4 pm, has been postponed. Please check back shortly on this site,
in INSIDE Arlington Street Church or in our e-newsletter, Snapshot for the new date.

 

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J. S. BACH
Easter Oratorio
Kommt, eilet und laufet
Sunday, April 4th, 2010, 11:00 am

Arlington Street Choir and Orchestra
Mark David Buckles, conductor
Valerie Estle, soprano
Glorivy Arroyo, mezzo soprano
Daniel Ross, tenor
J. Jacob Krauss, baritone

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Bach Solo Cello Suites - Guy Fishman, Artist in Residence

Sunday, March 21st, 11 am, Sanctuary

Don’t miss cellist Guy Fishman’s final performance at Arlington Street Church! Over the last two years, Mr. Fishman has been an Artist in Residence at Arlington Street. His time here has featured performances of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo cello suites, which he will be recording this year. Mr. Fishman’s upcoming visit marks the final installment; he will perform Suite No. 6 in Major BWV 1012. Bach’s cello suites were most likely composed between 1717 and 1723; nearly 300 years later, they continue to be regarded as some of the greatest works ever written for the instrument.

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Spiritual Passion of Singing and Choir Open House

Mark David Buckles, Director of Music and the Arlington Street Choir
Sunday, February 28th ~ 1:00–3:00 pm

Welcome to an afternoon of communal music-making: the spiritual passion of singing! We believe that the act of singing together is a central and beautiful part of our spiritual practice as Unitarian Universalists. Will you join us? We will learn, briefly rehearse, and sing together an evocative selection of beautiful and interesting pieces, and offer answers to questions like, “Can I sing in choir if I can’t read music, or if I’ve never sung in a choir before?” (yes!), and, “What do you do during rehearsal anyway?” Come prepared to share the music within you!

Gu-zheng

Sunday, February 14th, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

2010 is the Year of the Tiger! Congratulations and be prosperous! In honor of the Chinese New Year, Phil and Megan Savoy perform music for the Sunday morning worship service on the gu-zheng, a traditional Chinese 21-stringed zither.

Zradci 2010 Season Opening Gala

Friday, February 5th, 8:00 pm, Sanctuary

This is the inaugural season of the new music ensemble, Zradci, founded by local musicians Jacob Mashak, Beth Goodman, and our own Molly Wood. Zradci’s mission is to bring to the public, through performance and educational outreach, unique ways of presenting, performing, composing, seeing, hearing, experiencing, and understanding music. This concert features the music of John Cage, Philip Glass, Jacob Mashak, Joel Mathys, and P.Q. Phan. Suggested donation of $10.00.

Bach Solo Cello Suites

Guy Fishman, Artist in Residence
Sunday, January 31st, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Cellist Guy Fishman is Arlington Street’s newest addition to our thriving Artist in Residence program! Beginning back in the Fall of 2008 and continuing through this Spring, Guy’s residency features performances of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo cello suites; his upcoming visit marks the fifth installment. The suites were most likely composed between 1717 and 1723; nearly 300 years later, they continue to be regarded as some of the greatest works ever written for the instrument.

First Night Organ Recital

Brian Jones, Rosalind Mohnsen, and Christian Lane, organists
Thursday, December 31st, 10:00 pm, Sanctuary
Admission by First Night button ($18.00)

Arlington Street Church, Artist in Residence Rodger Vine, and the American Guild of Organists, present a New Year’s Eve organ recital featuring Brian Jones, Rosalind Mohnsen, and Christian Lane! The concert showcases Arlington Street Church’s 1957 Aeolian-Skinner organ, housed in a magnificent case original to the E. and G.G. Hook organ of 1861; the Hook case pipes still provide the organ’s foundation sound.

This will be the 34th First Night Boston. Founded in 1976, First Night was started by artists who sought an alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve revelry. First Night has gone from attracting about 25,000 people to drawing crowds over one million. To buy First Night buttons online, visit www.firstnight.org.

Rodger Vine

Christmas Music on Piano
Sunday, December 20th, 12:30 PM, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street’s Artist-in-Residence, Rodger Vine, presents a brief concert of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our 3rd Annual Carol Sing!

3rd Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 20th, 1:15 PM, Hunnewell Chapel

FREE, Donations Gratefully Accepted

Join Arlington Street’s musicians for our third annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

Black Nativity

Sunday, December 20th, 3:30 PM

Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont Street, Boston

Join with members and friends of Arlington Street Church at this performance of “Black Nativity.” Produced and presented by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, “Black Nativity,” combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, is a song-play presented by a company of 160 singers, actors, dancers and musicians and delivers a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. The Boston production is the longest running performance of “Black Nativity” and this year marks its 40th consecutive season.

Saint Cecilia’s Day

Sunday, November 22nd, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Arlington Street Church welcomes members of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, our Artists in Residence, for a special service featuring a performance of George Frideric Handel’s magnificent cantata Ode to Saint Cecilia’s Day! Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is one of seven women, excluding Mary, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. Her musical fame rests on the legend that she praised God, singing to him, as she lay dying.

Handel’s music, composed in 1739, is scored for two trumpets, two oboes, two bassoons, timpani, harpsichord, strings, solo soprano, solo tenor, and choir. The text is written by the English poet John Dryden; the main theme is the Pythagorean theory of harmonia mundi, that music was a central force in the creation of the world.

Molly Wood Recital

Molly Wood, Collaborative Pianist
Sunday, October 18th, 1:30 am, Sanctuary

Molly Wood, Arlington Street Church’s Collaborative Pianist, along with singer Rebekah Alexander, will be presenting a program titled “A Cornucopia of Art Song.” They will present music from Rachmaninoff to Debussy to Britten. Their recital is in preparation for the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse song festival which will be held in England at the end of the month. A reception will follow with homemade apple and caramel pear pies! All are welcome.

Bach Solo Cello Suites

Guy Fishman, Artist in Residence, Sunday, October 11th, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Cellist Guy Fishman is Arlington Street’s newest addition to our thriving Artist in Residence program! Beginning last Fall and continuing through the Spring of 2010, Guy’s residency features performances of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo cello suites; his upcoming visit marks the fourth installment. The suites were most likely composed between 1717 and 1723; nearly 300 years later, they continue to be regarded as some of the greatest works ever written for the instrument.

Cantabile II

Sunday, October 11th, 3:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Violinist Alistair Kok and pianist Rumi Naito present an afternoon recital of exquisite chamber music in the Hunnewell Chapel! Join us!

 

Stephanie McGuire Sings for New Orleans

Sunday, June 28th, 1:00 am, Sanctuary

Our beloved former alto section leader is making a stop on her summer tour here at Arlington Street Church! Her recital, Songs of Wonder, Bliss, Loss and Fury is a fundraiser for Arlington Street Church’s ongoing work in New Orleans. In addition to song cycles by Ravel, Britten, and Mahler, Stephanie and pianist Thomas Enman will present African-American art songs and an opera favorite or two. Come and hear beautiful music and contribute to Arlington Street Church’s Partner Church service trips to New Orleans. Suggested donation: $10.

Eli Epstein and “Inside Out”

win National Entrepreneur the Arts Competition

For the past three years, Arlington Street Church has been hosting Eli Epstein’s “Inside Out” Concert Series, featuring his innovative, interactive, and informal approach to classical music, encouraging listeners to tap into the emotional essence and universal human experience that’s inherent in every work of art.

Eli has just been honored by winning the National Entrepreneur the Arts Competition. Read more here. Eli and “Inside Out” will be returning to Arlington Street Church for their 2009–2010 season. Stay tuned for more information on next year’s concerts!

Bach Solo Cello Suites

Guy Fishman, Artist in Residence
Sunday, May 24th, 11 am, Sanctuary

Cellist Guy Fishman is Arlington Street’s newest addition to our thriving Artist in Residence program! Over the next two years, Guy’s residency will feature performances of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo cello suites; his upcoming visit marks the third installment. The suites were most likely composed between 1717 and 1723; nearly 300 years later, they continue to be regarded as some of the greatest works ever written for the instrument.

Concerto Antico

Sunday, June 7th, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
11:00 am, Sanctuary / 2:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Chamber Music Ensemble Concerto Antico comes to Arlington Street Church as part of the Boston Early Music Festival! They will join us for morning worship, performing Telemann’s resplendent Laudate Jehovam, Omnes Gentes with the Arlington Street Church Choir! After the service, grab some lunch and come back to hear their afternoon recital in the chapel featuring the music of Haydn!

Music for Easter

Sunday, April 12th, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

The service begins with a magnificent prelude as Arlington Street’s own Alistair Kok and Joe DiMarino perform J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049 for solo violin, flute duet and orchestra. They are joined by members of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, our Artists in Residence. Be sure to come early to hear this masterpiece performed live in our beautiful sanctuary!

The Arlington Street Church Choir sings Stephen Hatfield’s Ka Hia Manu, a powerfully animated tapestry of sacred texts and chants from Tahiti, Tuamotu, Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island), the Marquesas and the Northern Marianas. Ka Hia Manu (Many Birds) celebrates the importance of birds in the folklore and the arts of these island cultures, and the symbolic power of flight, particularly in lands surrounded by the open ocean.

Longwood Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players

Sunday, April 19th, 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street Church welcomes back our Artists in Residence, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra! The Longwood Symphony is comprised primarily of health care professionals and all of their proceeds benefit medically-related nonprofits. Join them for a fantastic afternoon recital of chamber music by Ravel, Brahms, and Schubert!

 

Singer/Songwriter Melissa Cox

Sunday, April 26th, 1:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street welcomes singer/songwriter Melissa Cox for the Sunday morning worship service, followed by an afternoon concert in the chapel that you won’t want to miss! As a musician and Unitarian Universalist, Melissa believes that music can enact positive change in our lives and in society at large. Her stop in Boston at Arlington Street Church is part of her 2009 tour, as she shares her musical message of change, love, hope, advocacy and open-mindedness across the East Coast! Listen to her music online at www.myspace.com/MelissaCox.

Inside Out Concert: Chamber of Dreams

Sunday, March 29th, 1:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Inside Out Concert Series returns to Arlington Street Church with a world premiere performance of Boston composer Dalit Warshaw’s “Chamber of Dreams.” Artistic Director Eli Epstein is joined by violinist Sharan Leventhal and Arlington Street’s own Karl Paulnack on piano. The program will also include the Brahms Horn Trio.

The Inside Out concert series is rooted in the belief that classical music can be a tremendous resource for understanding oneself and others. It’s food for our minds, hearts and souls. Yet, for most of the American population, classical music is often intangible, mysterious, and undiscovered.

Inside Out builds bridges to audiences by showing that a connection with music is not so much about knowing (although it’s useful to know the historical and cultural context of a piece), it’s more about tapping into the emotional essence and universal human experience that’s inherent in every work of art, be it music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art. This innovative interdisciplinary approach helps concertgoers access their memories and activate their imaginations so that they can have more moving, meaningful, and personal experiences.

Bach Solo Cello Suites: Guy Fishman, Artist in Residence

Sunday, March 15th, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Cellist Guy Fishman is Arlington Street’s newest addition to our thriving Artist in Residence program! Over the next two years, Guy’s residency will feature performances of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo cello suites. The suites were most likely composed between 1717 and 1723; nearly 300 years later, they continue to be regarded as some of the greatest works ever written for the instrument. Today marks the second installment: during today’s service, Guy will perform all six movements of Bach’s Suite No. 3.

Brandon Brooks Cello Recital

Sunday, February 15th, 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Cellist Brandon Brooks returns to Arlington Street with an exciting afternoon recital including works by Antonin Dvorak, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Claude Debussy!

Bach Solo Cello Suites

Sunday, January 18th, 11:00 am, Sanctuary
Guy Fishman, Artist in Residence

Cellist Guy Fishman is Arlington Street’s newest addition to our thriving Artist in Residence program! Over the next two years, Guy’s residency will feature performances of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo cello suites.

The first installment is coming up Sunday, January 18th. The music will be interwoven throughout the 11:00 am morning worship service.